And The Winner of the August Branch Out Contest is…

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 16, 2014 in Contest

We’d like to thank everyone who submitted entries in the August round of our Branch Out contest! We received thousands of submissions, which included some inspiring stories from our community. We have randomly selected our August winner and that lucky person is… Tina Davis from New Mexico! Tina is most interested in tracing her grandfather who fought for… Read more

Happy Birthday to Lots of You!

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 16, 2014 in Cool Finds

Happy birthday! If your birthday is September 16, chances are you know someone else with the same birthday as you. It is the most common birthday in the United States for those born between 1973 and 1999. (If you’re a visual data/infographic geek like I am, check out the heat map that Andy Kriebel put… Read more

5 Things You Might Not Know About Colorado

Posted by Juliana Smith on September 13, 2014 in Research

Colorado joined the U.S. in the country’s centennial year and has had a colorful history, before and after being admitted as the 38th state. Here are five things you might not know about the “Centennial State.” 1. In 1860, during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, the greatest number of immigrants to Colorado came from Ohio,… Read more

What We Are Reading: September 12th Edition

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on September 12, 2014 in In The Community

Sometimes what we read in a week follows a theme. There are those weeks when everyone seems to be writing about the same thing — or maybe subconsciously we’re just noticing the same subjects. That definitely wasn’t the case this week! In the past few days, everything from ancestors who were former slaves to non-paternity… Read more

Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!

Posted by Kristie Wells on September 11, 2014 in Find A Grave

When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands… Read more

Between the Leaves: Pet Projects

Posted by Jessica Murray on September 11, 2014 in Between the Leaves

A few months ago we launched a Google+ Hangouts series with professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Crista Cowan, and Juliana Szucs Smith. The Between the Leaves hangout is an informal and, hopefully, educational conversation where they share their methods, stories and passion for family history research. Today we asked the ladies, “What pet projects or… Read more

It’s a Small World: Discovering a 5th Cousin at FGS 2014

Posted by Anna Swayne on September 10, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Recently at the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in San Antonio, Texas, I was giving a presentation on how best leverage AncestryDNA to break down brick walls within your research. I showed the audience my list of DNA matches and the best strategies to tackling them one by one. After the class a… Read more

Mary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK)

Posted by Brian Gallagher on September 10, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Celebrity, United Kingdom, Who Do You Think You Are?

Star of the Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry is next to delve into her ancestry on tomorrow night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?     It turns out that baking is in Mary’s genes as she discovers that her ancestor Robert Houghton ran a bakery in Norwich. He ran the bakery for… Read more